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West Buttress 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 800', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
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Season: Summer
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Submitted By: Kevin Sainio on Aug 23, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: The route up the West Buttress. You can bypass the...

Description 

The West Buttress is a great route that follows the prominent buttress directly under the summit of Snowdon. The rock is of decent quality for the San Juans, but there is still plenty of loose stuff. The route starts off as a scramble and steepens as you get higher. Most parties will want to rope a couple hundred feet from the summit or it is possible to bypass the 4th class sections climbing through the gully just to the right of the Buttress.


Location 

Take the climbing trail until you are able to ascend the scree field to the base of the climb. The route follows the buttress between two gullies. Follow the Northeast Ridge Route to descend.


Protection 

A light alpine rack with a selection of nuts and cams. A helmet is recommended.



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The Northeast Ridge Route (also the descent).
The Northeast Ridge Route (also the descent).
Michelle on the route. Silverton in the background.
Michelle on the route. Silverton in the background...
Headed up.
Headed up.
The West Buttress. The route starts on the grass at the base.
The West Buttress. The route starts on the grass a...
The indistinct ridge just getting light at the top is a more difficult option.
The indistinct ridge just getting light at the top...
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By DHH
Oct 4, 2010

The 3rd class descent on the North East ridge is very steep. The top section of the ridge has a sling with a rappel ring on it that can be used to get off the top steep section.